Businesses could face surprise visits from tax inspectors under new powers
proposed in an HM Revenue &
Customs consultation document.
prospoals include allowing officials to enter business premises and
examine merchandise and documentation. Private homes could also be included in
The proposals come amid fears that with the merger of Inland Revenue and
Customs & Excise, ordinary tax inspectors could be granted the same powers
as excise officials prusuing criminal cases.
Advisers downplayed the scope of the consultation, saying that HMRC had
acknowledged in the document that safeguards were a priority and that powers
needed to be limited and used appropriately.
HMRC has undertaken an ongoing revue of its powers following the the merger.
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